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Best Fishing Spots in New Jersey

Best Fishing Spots in New Jerseyperson fishing in New Jersey

You’ve used Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate to find the best real estate in Toms River, but now you want to unpack the fishing pole and find the best places to fish in New Jersey. If you moved to the area for the first time, you probably don’t know where to begin. So, in order to help you build new fishing memories with your family, or by yourself, here are some of our top picks for New Jersey fishing spots. 

Family Fishing

If you have ever taken your kids fishing, you know how easy it is for them to become distracted. Since Holmdel Park Pond in Holmdel New Jersey, is connected to a park, it is ideal for children. They can be playing on the playground equipment, while you focus on fishing. Trout, sunfish and bass are common fish to catch. There are no boats of any kind allowed, so you will always be casting your line from the shore. You can access the lake from just about anywhere, and there are benches all around the lake that help make the day relaxing. If your kids hate the idea of roughing it, don’t worry Holmdel Park Pond has restrooms. 

Freshwater Fishing

Trying to name the best fresh water lake for bass anglers is an arguable topic. Any angler will defend their favorite lake to the point of no return. When you are looking for an ideal place to go angling for bass, Greenwood Lake in Passaic County has all the stumpfields and clumps of vegetation you could ever want. Just make certain you fish with care around the stumpfields or you might lose quite a few hooks. You can catch plenty of smallmouth and largemouth bass at the 2,600-acre Lake Hopatcong in Morris and Sussex counties as well. Since Lake Hopatcong is a prime fishing location, you can also find trout, hybrid stripers, walleyes, perch, and catfish. Union Lake in Cumberland County is one of the most popular fishing areas in the state and since it is stocked by New Jersey’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, your chances of getting something are pretty good.

Saltwater Fishing

When you want to change things up with an ocean view, there are plenty of beaches in New Jersey that offer aesthetics as well as great fishing. The list of saltwater fish you can catch is massive. Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth will allow you to enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park also offers a fishing pier and access to Raritan Bay. Just remember that any anglers that are the age of 16 and up are required to register with the NJ Saltwater Angler Registry. Don’t worry its free. You can also stop in to see the Seabrook-Wilson House, which is one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. The building has been fully restored and now hosts a number of nature and history programs.


Published March 9, 2017 in Trends